Welcome to the School of the Arts
The School of the Arts at Converse University inspires, teaches, and trains artists by fostering communication, creativity and scholarship, and nurtures appreciation for the visual and performing arts.
Converse’s School of the Arts values and believes in the arts as a path to passion, inspiration, imagination, discovery, expression, transformation, and joy.
Whether you are an aspiring artist or a local art lover, Converse University’s School of the Arts is your ticket to exciting visual and performing arts opportunities!
Who do you want to be? And what do you want to do?
If you love creating art — whether it’s music, theatre, dance, visual art, or design — those two questions are intimately intertwined. In the moment of artistic creation, whether onstage, in a studio, or creating on a laptop, you are an artist and what you’re doing is art.
Whether you want to create, perform, teach or help others, Converse University’s School of the Arts will guide you to think critically about the work you’re making, collaborate with others, and encourage you to create groundbreaking work in an array of art disciplines. Our programs prepare you for paths as teachers, creators, performers, therapists, and designers through deep scholarship, transformative mentorship and experiential learning.
Converse University’s School of the Arts unites three areas — the Department of Art, Design & Letters, the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the Petrie School of Music — in one promise: we will prepare artists to live lives of passion, commitment, and joy. And our Creativity That Works curriculum will enable you to transform your art into a flourishing career.
Converse’s Creativity That Works curricular initiative infuses career preparation into every year of every arts curriculum, so our graduates are thoroughly prepared for the world waiting for them.
But to have a truly great college experience, artists need more than a great curriculum: they need a great community. Our faculty are nationally renowned experts in their fields, and, just as important, they’re devoted to challenging and nurturing you to bring out your very best. And at Converse, your classmates will be your biggest supporters and cheerleaders at every step of your journey.
So come join us. Be the artist you want to be, and live the life you want to live.
Dean of the School of the Arts; Associate Professor of Flute
Creativity That Works
Creativity That Works is our initiative to prepare passionate young artists like you for productive careers in the arts. You’ll hone your craft as well as gain skills in marketing for the arts, portfolio development and career management. Blending your craft with these inter-disciplinary skills will give you an edge when you go to seek jobs and opportunities in the art world. All School of the Arts students will gain professional experience through their choice of internship, faculty-mentored research projects in arts fields, or other opportunities.
The School of the Arts boasts a broad experiential learning experience, composed of internships, clinical experiences, student teaching and study travel. 92% of Converse School of the Arts students participated in experiential learning over the past two years.
The School of the Arts at Converse University inspires, teaches, and trains artists; fosters communication, creativity and scholarship; and nurtures an appreciation of the visual and performing arts.
The School of the Arts at Converse University values and believes in the arts as a path to inspiration, imagination, discovery, expression and transformation.
2024 Converse Emerging Young Artists Juried Exhibition Accepting Entries
Converse’s Department of Art and Design will begin accepting entries for the 2024 Emerging Young Artists Juried Exhibition on December 1, 2023. High school students in grades 9-12 are invited to …
Art Students See Extraordinary Success Throughout 2022-23
Top image: Mackenlee Martin ’23 Converse’s School of the Arts at Converse University inspires, teaches, and guides artists through creativity and scholarship. This past academic year, the Department of Art, Design …
Converse’s 2023-2024 Faculty Symposia Lineup
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Converse Hosts Hub City Bowl-Making Session
On Saturday, July 15, 2023, Converse University’s Department of Art and Design collaborated with Hub City Empty Bowls to host a bowl-making session. Hub City Empty Bowls is a grassroots …